January 19, 87

Vol. 02 , No. 06   


This issue of The Fortnightly offers a preview of what you can expect in the coming months. After a successful fall term, we look forward to an equally well-attended spring semester. In planning programs we have again tried to offer a wide variety of speakers and social events. As creative as we are, however, it is virtually impossible to read the minds of 800 or more people. The remainder of this column is a questionnaire that gives you the opportunity to suggest possible guests and programs for Athenaeum sponsorship. We welcome your ideas. Please return this entire section, along with your reservations on the reverse, so that we can see what you would like here in the future.

1. Name three individuals who would be good Athenaeum guests:
2. Are you related to or do you have any connections with men and women who would be good Athenaeum guests? If so, explain:
3. What type of programming would you like to see more of?
Cultural or academic:
4.What has been your favorite Athenaeum event:
Your least favorite:
Additional comments or suggestions:

Thank you for taking the time to help us. If you have additional opinions to share, feel free to speak to Carolyn McFerran or me. We appreciate your comments.

Authority and Rebellion: The Individual and Modern Literature
Monday, February 2, 1987

The Writer/Artist Against the World
Tuesday, February 3, 1987

0n February 2 and 3 the Athenaeum welcomes best-selling author Rabbi Chaim Potok, who will speak on "Authority and Rebellion: The Individual and Modern Literature" and "The Writer/Artist Against the World." The son of two Polish immigrants, Chaim Potok was born into a Jewish family and schooled in all-male parochial school or yeshiva. In an interview with Newsday, Potok recalled his mother's reaction when he told her that he thought he would spend his life writing stories: "She looked and said, 'You want to write stories? That's very nice. You be a brain surgeon, and on the side you write stores'." Instead of going into medicine, Potok became a rabbi and a writer. He has used his deeply Judaic background to make him one of the foremost commentators on the Jewish-American experience.

Potok received his rabbinical ordination and a master's degree in Hebrew literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and completed work for his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Potok has taught at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, as well as at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Before devoting full time to writing and lecturing, he served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia.

The author of six novels and one history, Potok says his work explores the conflicts of "individuals who are very committed to the core of their particular world, Judaism, and at the same time committed to the ideas that come to them from the core of the secular umbrella world in which they live." The piece for which he is known best, The Chosen (1967), was made into a motion picture several years ago. Other books include In the Beginning (1975) and The Book of Lights (1981), the latter recounting the experiences of a young chaplain in Korea, where Potok served from 1955 to 1957.

Chaim Potok's world speaks to Jews and non-Jews alike. Dr. Potok is widely read in both Jewish and secular texts, and is respected for his fiction and his scholarship. In addition to these accomplishments, he is a painter, and has been exhibiting since 1979.

The wide-ranging knowledge and interests of Chaim Potok, coupled with his dynamic presentational style and his skill as a storyteller, should make his visit among the most outstanding programs of the term.

Wednesday, January 21, 1987

Entrepreneur: n. One who organizes, operates, and especially assumes the risk of a business venture. With this definition in mind, we at the Athenaeum launch the new semester with a three-part program on entrepreneurship.

Our first guest is Julie D. Dillon, president and owner of Dillon Development, Inc., a San Diego land development company. Formed in 1979, her company buys raw land, plans and obtains land use permits for residential use, and sells the subdivisions to builders. She shares her experiences with us at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, following a 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:00 p.m. dinner.

This series offers a different outlook on Monday, January 26, when Professor Al Osborne, director of UCLA's entrepreneurial studies program, shares his insights about the prospects and pitfalls of entrepreneurship as he sees them from his position in one of the nation's leading schools of management. Professor Osborne will also speak at 7:00 p.m. following the customary Athenaeum reception and dinner.


International relations, literature, music, religion, and economics-these are some of the major fields included in the Athenaeum's winter and spring calander. Please save the listing for future reference, and note on your calendar now those events you wish to attend. Remember that luncheon or dinner reservations in conjunction with these programs should be made with the Athenaeum secretary at least two days in advance. Meal card numbers from students are required. Other friends of the College are welcome, too; their fee is normally $5.00 for lunch and $8.00 for dinner, payable in advance by check to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Typically the evening programs begin at 7:00 p.m., following a reception and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21, 1987

Entrepreneurship, a three-part series, gets under way with a presentation by Julie D. Dillion, president and owner of Dillon Development, Inc., San Diego. The other programs in this series feature Al Osborne, director of UCLA's entrepreneurial studies program, who speaks on Monday, January 26, and R.B. "Buzz" Woolley, Jr. '59, president of Girard Capital, Inc., La Jolla, who will be at the Athenaeum on Thursday, February 12.

Tuesday, January 27, 1987

Our second annual Mozart's Birthday Party showcases chamber music by Brahms and Schubert as well as Mozart. See "Feast and Festival" for more details.

Monday and Tuesday, February 2-3, 1987

Novelist Chaim Potok, distinguished author of The Chosen (1967), The Book of Lights (1981), and other important works, discusses his writing.

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 10-11, 1987

Sonia Landau draws on her experience with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and as chair of Women for Reagan-Bush '84 to address issues of current concern.

Monday, February 16, 1987

Sponsored by the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies, Congressman Lee Hamilton delivers the 1987 Keck Lecture on International Understanding.

Tuesday-Thursday, February 24-26, 1987

Americans Abroad, a symposium on the problems and prospects facing Americans overseas, includes Rupert Pennant-Rea, editor of The Economist, and Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr., senior military analyst for U.S. News and World Report.

Wednesday, March 4, 1987

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains, theologian Harold S. Kushner discusses his best-selling When Bad Things Happen to Good People (1981).

Tuesday, March 24, 1987

Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, attorney and former member of Congress, appraises the current American scene.

Wednesday, March 25, 1987

Historian and freelance writer, Margaret A. Coel shares her insights about the American West.

Thursday, March 26, 1987

An evening with Dith Pran, whose story is told in the award winning film, The Killing Fields (1984).

Monday, March 30, 1987

Watch the NCAA Basketball Finals and the Academy Awards on big-screen television at the Athenaeum.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31-April 1, 1987

A symposium on Jesus brings us Brian Hebblethwaite, director of studies in philosophy, theology, and religious studies at Queens' College, Cambridge, England, and a distinguished group of Claremont scholars.

Thursday, April 2, 1987

Caribbean Afro-American poet Derek Walcott, winner of the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry, reads and interprets his work.

Friday-Sunday, April 3-5, 1987

The Athenaeum's Americana Evenings feature traditional food and music.

Monday-Wednesday, April 27-29, 1987

Richard L. Rubenstein, author of influential studies such as The Cunning of History (1975) and The Age of Triage (1983), focuses on his research-in-progress.

Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5, 1987

Japanese philosopher Kenji Yoshida appraises the increasing importance of Japanese modernization and its impact on Japanese-American relations.


Tuesday, January 27, 1987: Mozart's Birthday Party. Bonnie Snortum again gathers a group of local musicians to perform a concert of chamber music. The program theme is "Mozart and His Contemporaries." Selections include Mozart's Trio in E-flat Major for piano, clarinet and viola, Brahms' Sonata in F-minor for clarinet and piano, and Schubert's piece for soprano, clarinet, and piano, Der Hirt Ausden Felsen ("The Shepherd on the Rock"). Led by Bonnie Snortum on the piano, the musical quartet includes Donald Ambroson (viola), Lewis Ellenhorn (clarinet), and Georgia Warden (soprano). Reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by the concert.

Thursday, January 29, 1987: New England Clam Bake. Our chef, Terri Moreman, will be busy in the kitchen preparing her seafood specialties for this Down East banquet. Join us for a feast of steamed clams and chowder, to be accompanied by crab, whitefish, corn-on-the-cob, baked potatoes, and more. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.


Afternoon Tea. Beginning Monday, January 26, and every Monday through Friday thereafter, tea, and sweets are served in the Athenaeum Library, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

The Wednesday Lunch. The "open forum" lunch continues January 21 and each Wednesday at noon. No sign-ups are necessary for students and faculty who wish to drop in for lunch and conversation.

Sunday Brunch. Beginning Sunday, February 1, at 11:00 a.m. and continuing on the first Sunday of each month, the Athenaeum serves its famous Sunday brunch. Make reservations early.